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Zimbabwe: Zanu-PF poised to win majority in parliament

The ruling party in Zimbabwe, Zanu-PF is leading in the results so far released for parliamentary elections conducted alongside presidential election on Monday.

The BBC, quoting the Zimbabwe’s electoral umpire said the incomplete result showed ZANU-PF winning 110 seats and the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) winning 41 seats in results so far released.

Monday’s polls attracted a high turnout of 70%.

On Tuesday, the opposition MDC Alliance said that vote had been rigged and that its candidate Nelson Chamisa had won.

The ruling party also claim the victory will swing their side. The electoral umpire has until Saturday to officially announce the winner of the presidential election.

However, analysis of political indices in the country point to the direction that President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s party is poised to win a substantial majority in Monday’s poll – the first elections since long-serving ruler Robert Mugabe was ousted.

The results of the presidential vote are yet to be released.

Overseas election monitoring teams are to issue their reports on the parliamentary and presidential poll later on Wednesday.

There are 210 seats in the National Assembly’s lower house.

Editorial Chief, Nigerian Bureau

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